U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam on Friday night blocked President Donald Trump from using Defense Department funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border wall.
The judge of the Northern District of California said the President couldn't disburse the funds without congressional approval. It ruled this after a Lwsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the plaintiffs, the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition. It not prevent the Trump administration from using funds from other sources to build the projects. Construction on the projects affected by the ruling could have begun as early as Saturday, according to the ruling. The decision comes more than three months after Trump declared a national emergency to divert billions of dollars from the Pentagon for the construction of the border wall.
„If the administration begins illegally diverting additional military funds, we'll be back in court to block that as well," Dror Ladin, an ACLU staff attorney, said in a statement. The federal judge who partially blocked President Trump’s plans to build a border wall along the United States-Mexico border previously donated almost $30,000 to former President Obama, other Democrats, and a political action committee. Gilliam made the donations prior to serving as a U.S. District judge.